A son of Tamatea-pokai-whenua and his wife Iwi-pupu (or Iwirau). Kahu-ngunu was made angry by his elder brother Whaene, who had insulted him, and the younger then dwelt apart with his men. From him descended the ancestors of the Ngāti-raukawa. His first wife was Hine-pu-ariari; his second wife Rongo-mai-wahine, formerly the wife of Tamatakutai.



  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 114.
  • White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, p. 3:80.

This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.